Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Peter Walsh has a way with words, so this book is fun to read - as well as full of good advice. To focus on the organizing-related aspects, he makes the following points.
1. You need an uncluttered home to support proper eating habits. "You can't lose weight if your home is out of control. If your house isn't welcoming, you won't want to spend time there and you certainly can't expect to enjoy meals there."
The kitchen and pantry get most of the attention. "I have seen that for most people the more they prepare food and cook it at home, the more weight they'll lose. But it's no fun to cook in a messy, disorganized kitchen where you can't find what you need or take pleasure in the process."
But some other areas get mentioned, too. "I want you to make a stack of all the diet books and other self-help books on your shelves. How much did they cost? How much do they weigh? How much room do they take up? Get real. These diets failed you. So why do you still have the books? Because you think that you're the one who failed. Maybe you are. Congratulations, now let's move on. Get rid of the dead weight of fad books that promise miracles."
2. You need to make the time to eat properly: to plan your meals and to cook them. "If a healthy diet doesn't fit your lifestyle, well, we'll just have to change your lifestyle."
3. How do you find that time? "Give up TV. Before you throw this book out the window, just try it for a month. Tape your favorite show if you must. ... At the end of the month you'll have a rare opportunity - the opportunity to make an active choice about how much TV you want in your life instead of passively letting it consume your evenings."
(And yes, this is the same Peter Walsh who became well-known for his work on the TV show Clean Sweep.)
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